New Food Quality Management System Module
FSSC has published a new Food Quality Management System Module, FSSC 22000-Q. It’s a voluntary module for the certification of Food Quality Management Systems in compliance with ISO 9001:2008.
ISO 9001:2008 is implemented by over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries. This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the leadership and motivation, the process approach and continual improvement. Using ISO 9001:2008 helps ensure that customers get consistent, good quality products and services, which in turn brings many business benefits.
With the introduction of FSSC 22000-Q, it gives organizations the options to be FSSC 22000 audited and certified for both Food Safety and Quality Management Systems. Now organizations can choose to be audited for food safety only or to have the QMS module added to FSSC22000 certification through an integrated audit for Food Safety and Quality Management Systems.
The Food Quality Management System certification falls outside GFSI's benchmarking and recognition.
To make the food safety and quality management system certification credible, the integrated food safety and quality management systems shall be certified by certification bodies that operate management system certification in a competent, consistent and impartial manner in accordance with ISO/IEC 17021 requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems and ISO/TS 22003 requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems.